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September 2016
$20 - $25

Raul Midón (Early Show)

September 9 | 7:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has lived a life devoted to shattering stereotypes. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, Bill Withers and Lizz Wright, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. Midón has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio recordings State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). His most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. In the live setting, Midón often plays multiple instruments at once, all while singing with extraordinary results. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But…

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Raul Midón (Late Show)

September 9 | 9:30 pm
Jimmy Mak’s,
221 NW 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has earned renown as one of music’s most distinctive and searching voices. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has lived a life devoted to shattering stereotypes. Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Dianne Reeves, Bill Withers and Lizz Wright, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah, Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s She Hate Me. Midón has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit studio recordings State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009). His most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains – Live from NYC. In the live setting, Midón often plays multiple instruments at once, all while singing with extraordinary results. Attuned listeners can hear the inspirations of Donny Hathaway and Richie Havens in his work, as well as Sting and Paul Simon. But…

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$20 - $30

Stanley Cowell Trio

September 16 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Stanley Cowell is a world toured and renowned jazz pianist from Toledo, Ohio who’s been making records since the late 1960s, and is perhaps best known for classic songs like “Travelin’ Man” and “Equipoise”. He performs and records as solo pianist in jazz venues and concert halls using African thumb piano, electroacoustic processes, in diverse ensemble formations from duos to orchestras, but no matter the setting his eclectic, virtuoso style is always on full display. He has an impressive list of recordings as a composer and pianist, and has performed with Max Roach, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Tolliver, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Gary Bartz, Roy Haynes, Art Pepper, Clifford Jordan and many more. Here he will make his Portland debut performing with his trio featuring Jay Anderson (bass) and Billy Drummond (drums). As an additional treat, Robert Dietsche, author of the 2005 book Jumptown: The Golden Years of Portland Jazz 1942-1957, will be conducting…

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Ben Wendel Quartet

September 28 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Brooklyn-based Grammy® nominated saxophonist Ben Wendel has enjoyed a varied career as a performer, composer, producer and conductor. Highlights include multiple domestic and international tours with artists such as Ignacio Berroa, Tigran Hamasyan, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Snoop Dogg and Prince, plus he has collaborated with Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert & Luciana Souza on the artistic council for the Broad Stage Jazz and Blues initiative in Santa Monica, CA. Wendel is a founding member of the Grammy®-nominated group Kneebody and has solo releases on Motema Music, Sunnyside Records and Concord Records. He has received an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award and was also honored to work with conductor Kent Nagano in producing a series of concerts for the Festspiel Plus in Munich, Germany.  Wendel has conducted over 250 masterclasses at various colleges, universities and high schools, and has also worked with the LA Philharmonic Artist Program. He will be touring here…

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October 2016
$20 - $30

Steve Lehman Trio

October 9 | 7:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Described as “a state-of-the-art musical thinker” by The New York Times and “one of the transforming figures of 21st-century jazz” by The Guardian, Steve Lehman is a composer, performer, educator, and scholar who works across a broad spectrum of experimental musical idioms. His 2014 recording, Mise en Abîme was called the #1 Jazz Album of the year by NPR Music and The Los Angeles Times, plus his 2009 recording, Travail, Transformation & Flow was chosen as the #1 Jazz Album of the year by The New York Times. The recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist Award, Lehman is an alto saxophonist who has performed and recorded nationally and internationally with his own ensembles and with those led by Anthony Braxton, Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, Meshell Ndegeocello and many others, plus his own compositions have been performed by groups such as So Percussion, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, the…

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Catherine Russell

October 11 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Catherine Russell is that rarest of entities – a genuine jazz and blues singer who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full blown feminity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable. Ms. Russell has released five chart topping albums to date, performed on four continents, and has been a hit on major jazz festivals including Monterey, Newport, North Sea, Bern International, Tanglewood and more. She has been featured on NPR shows such as Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, Weekend Edition and World Cafe, plus she has appeared on national TV on The Tavis Smiley Show on PBS, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien on NBC. Her concert repertoire features gems from the 1920’s through the present; vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal…

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$29 - $59

McCoy Tyner

October 18 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Legendary jazz pianist McCoy Tyner should need no introduction. Tyner’s blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. Tyner rose to fame as the pianist for some of John Coltrane’s most revered albums such as My Favorite Things, Live! at the Village Vanguard, and A Love Supreme before founding his own band in the late 1960’s. Over the years, Tyner has collaborated with jazz giants such as Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, Hank Mobley, Stanley Turrentine, Gary Bartz and countless others, and has released nearly 80 albums as a leader. He is the recipient of five Grammy® Awards and in 2002 became an NEA Jazz Master.  To this day, Tyner continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers, and yet remains a disarmingly modest and spiritually directed man. He returns to Portland for the…

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Rudresh Mahanthappa

October 20 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Few musicians share the ability of Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. The saxophonist/composer hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form reflecting his own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. Just as his personal experience is never wholly lived on one side of the hyphenate or the other, his music speaks in a voice dedicated to forging a new path forward. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “a roving intellect and a bladelike articulation,” Mahanthappa has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, and numerous commissions. He has been named Alto Saxophonist of the Year four of the past five years in Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics Polls and for five years running by the Jazz Journalists Association. He will be touring in support of his 2015 disc Bird Calls, which was named…

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$20 - $30

Dave Douglas & The Westerlies

October 28 | 8:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland Award, and two Grammy® Award nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, he has also recorded and performed with Joe Lovano, the SFJAZZ Collective, John Zorn, Chet Doxas, Uri Craine and many others. With his own groups, Douglas has pioneered new settings for the trumpet in contemporary jazz. In more recent years, he has explored collaborations involving modern dance, spoken word, poetry and film, continuing to push the possibilities of jazz music into new forms of performance and expression. For this appearance in Portland, Douglas will collaborate with NYC-based ensemble The Westerlies and Philadelphia drummer extraordinaire…

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November 2016
$30 - $35

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon a Star

November 4 | 8:00 pm
Aladdin Theater,
3017 SE Milwaukie Avenue
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Grammy® Award winner Bill Frisell has built a reputation as one of the most eclectic and creative guitarists in jazz since the late 1980s. He has won numerous Jazz Journalists Association Awards and multiple Downbeat Critics and Readers Polls. But perhaps Frisell is most famous for the unique array of effects and tones he can summon out of his guitar, placing him in a singularly identifiable musical stratosphere of his own, and many of these such sounds are on ample display in his newest project, When You Wish Upon A Star. For his When You Wish Upon a Star album, released in early 2016 on Sony Masterworks, Frisell draws upon classic film and television music we have heard on screen and explores how it shapes our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel, performs…

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December 2016
$20 - $30

Cool Burnin’: A Tribute to Chet Baker

December 1 | 7:30 pm
Alberta Abbey,
126 Alberta Street
Portland, OR 97211 United States
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Chet Baker has become an icon of American jazz. Famous for playing both trumpet and the flugelhorn, Baker earned much attention and critical praise through the 1950s, particularly for albums featuring his vocals such as Chet Baker Sings and It Could Happen to You. Jazz historian Dave Gelly described the promise of Baker’s early career as “James Dean, Sinatra, and Bix, rolled into one.” His well-publicized drug habit also drove his notoriety and fame, but such setbacks did not stop Baker from enjoying a career resurgence in the late 1970s and ’80s. Along the way, Baker played and recorded with jazz heavyweights such as Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, and Art Pepper. For this program, Washington trumpeter and flugelhorn player Dmitri Matheny will pay tribute to Baker with explorations of Baker’s most famous tunes such as “Chetty’s Lullaby”, “Freeway”, “Early Morning Mood”, “Two a Day”, “Motivo Su Raggio Di Luna”, “Skidadidlin’”,…

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$15 - $20

Camila Meza

December 5 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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Chilean-born guitarist and singer Camila Meza has to be considered one of the brightest young stars on the contemporary jazz scene. Since moving from Santiago to the US in 2009, she has created a big impact in the New York jazz scene. Meza belongs to a new generation of jazz musicians that are interested in creating new sounds and allowing diverse influences into their music, and her Latin American roots and profound connection to jazz combined with the fusions of contemporary and popular music give the music she creates an astounding appeal. Meza performs on a regular basis at the best jazz venues in New York such as Jazz Standard, Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, and The Jazz Gallery, plus she has played at festivals and venues all over Europe including Swidnica Jazz Festival in Poland, Hildener Jazz Festival in Germany, Bergamo Jazz Festival in Italy, BMW Jazz Competition in Munich, Bern…

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February 2017
$49 - $70

Branford Marsalis Quartet w/ Special Guest Kurt Elling

February 16, 2017 | 7:00 pm
Newmark Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Our first concert of the 2017 PDX Jazz Festival, with help from our friends at Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, features two contemporary jazz icons on the same stage at the same time –  NEA Jazz Master and saxophonist Branford Marsalis plus Grammy® Award-winning singer Kurt Elling. This incomparable duo, along with Marsalis’s quartet made up of Joey Calderazzo (piano), Eric Revis (bass) and Justin Faulkner (drums) will be performing in support of their brand new album on Marsalis Music/Okeh Records, Upward Spiral, that features Elling as special guest vocalist. Upward Spiral is a collection of tunes that blends songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers. Every track they have done confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling, allowing both vocalist and musician ample room to improvise, shine and hold the spotlight. After years of discussion and speculation, Marsalis and Elling have finally joined forces for a performance that…

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